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Browns claim QB Thaddeus Lewis, LB Quinton Spears, DE Emmanuel Stephens off waivers

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 4, 2011

The Browns have claimed the following players off waivers: quarterback Thaddeus Lewis from the St. Louis Rams, linebacker Quinton Spears from the Miami Dolphins and defensive end Emmanuel Stephens from the Atlanta Falcons. To make room on their roster, the Browns waived defensive end Auston English and linebacker Benjamin Jacobs. They also terminated the contract of defensive end Derreck Robinson.

The 6-foot, 219-pound Lewis will reunite with coach Pat Shurmur, who spent the past two seasons serving as the Rams' offensive coordinator. Lewis was signed by the Rams last year as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Duke University. He was on the Rams' 53-man roster for the season-opener last year before spending the final 14 weeks on the practice squad. In four preseason games this year, he completed 23-of-32 passes for 266 yards and a passer rating of 96.6.

The 6-4, 234-pound Spears is an undrafted rookie from Prairie View A&M University in Texas, where he played defensive end. In four preseason games this year, he compiled two tackles, a sack and a pass defensed.

The 6-3, 255-pound Stephens signed with the Falcons last year as an undrafted rookie free agent from the University of Mississippi. In four preseason games this year, he recorded nine tackles and a sack.

In addition to the other moves, the Browns also signed six players to their practice squad: offensive linemen Dominic Alford and Jarrod Shaw, fullback Tyler Clutts, running back Quinn Porter, defensive lineman Brian Sanford and wide receiver Rod Windsor. All six players were cut by the Browns on Saturday.


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